A Day at the Races
After a week of side swipes and bitching it's nice to see at least two of the candidates coming out today with some policy ideas.
First this morning we had Craig Cox flexing his sound muscles with
a callfor young members to back Gove's school reforms and push for the bill to allow Free Schools to make a profit:
"If a restaurant knew for sure that no matter what it did, it would always get 100 customers a day and make enough money to pay its overheads, what incentive would it ever have to make a nicer soup or update the furniture? None. And it's exactly the same with schools."
This afternoon has also seen Ben Howlett release the first batch of his manifesto commitments:
It's heavy on campaigning and pledges to fight AV. The first of ten such documents apparently. Intriguingly a lot of what was discussed by all the candidates at the hustings has made its way into the document, but fair play if you are first out of the block with getting it on paper. The downside is you give your opponents the ammo with which to pelt you with. Hopefully the fight will remain on these issues rather than getting bogged down in bitching as last week did.
A rumour hit TB's phone earlier. A good point raised - nominations haven't even opened yet. Have we seen all the declared candidates...?
Obviously free schools will have to be allowed to make a profit. They should be in control of their own admissions criteria too. Markets would deliver if empowered to do so.
Conservative Libertarians now have somewhere to go:-
Howlett's release is like a child wrote it! Yet another sloppy rushed release!